Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wyoming":

"… g, alongside a Republican Governors Association gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and RSVPs weren’t coming in as hoped, Holt fired off a message&nbs …"

McAuliffe names panel to reform Virginia’s ethics laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Governor cites Center’s State Integrity Investigation in announcing new initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Global Integrity":

"… ility and transparency in state government released in 2012 by the Center, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. The commission will address a number of is …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… Hillary can trace its origins to the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which helped paved the way for political action committe …"

Virginia's move toward ethics reform leaves many unimpressed

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislators pass modest changes, but critics abound.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ort as little more than a gesture, and it remains unclear whether new Gov. Terry McAuliffe will sign the measure in its existing form. Virginia has among the least …"

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… a group that favors stricter gun control laws. The outfit backed Democrat Terry McAuliffe in his winning 2013 bid to be Virginia's governor. It was also active in a …"

McAuliffe takes step toward reform in Virginia

By Nicholas Kusnetz

McAuliffe executive order limits gifts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House":

"… fied pressure on Virginia’s politicians to enact reforms. Last week, the House majority and minority leaders, M. Kirkland Cox, a Republican, and David J. …"

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama bundler named to top arts post

By Michael Beckel

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama campaign bundler Laura Ricketts named Kennedy Center trustee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "mayor":

"… nor’s race, the election of Democrat Annise Parker, a lesbian, to be the mayor of Houston and the enactment of marriage equality legislation in Illinois, …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Petroleum Institute":

"… The Fund’s grants made up more than three-fourths of its expenses. The American Petroleum Institute, received $165.4 million in dues in 2012. That includes $98.4 million for …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… fortune trying to influence elections, a prominent story line of the 2012 presidential campaign. Some of the same prominent donors to federal super PACs also …"

"… ed government, there’s only so much you can do,” says Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, an anti-tax nonprofit. “More of the im …"

"… d American Crossroads, a well-funded, high-profile super PAC. The RSLC’s president, Chris Jankowski, is a former insurance and tobacco lobbyist. ‘Tort ref …"

"… coffers of big political consulting firms — many of which are active in presidential and other federal races. Firms based around D.C. were paid nearly $59 …"

Libertarians declare 'mission accomplished' in Virginia — after super PAC help

By Michael Beckel

Libertarians pleased with showing in Virginia gubernatorial race, where super PACs bolstered their underdog candidate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… and billionaire options trader Jeffrey Yass, who sits on the board of the Cato Institute, as the Center for Public Integrity has previously reported. Meanwhile, t …"

"… a former chairman of the Libertarian National Committee and founder of the Cato Institute — told the Center for Public Integrity that his group's extra boost was …"

Koch-backed governors group gives big to Cuccinelli in Virginia

By Rachel Baye

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… rcent of funds raised by his campaign since Jan. 1 — from the Republican Governors Association (RGA), a Washington, D.C.-based group that funnels big contri …"

"… e primarily from out-of-state. McAuliffe’s top donor was the Democratic Governors Association’s PAC, DGA Action, which contributed nearly $6.5 million. A …"

A hyper-super PAC boosts McAuliffe in Virginia race

By Adam Wollner

Democratic group making donations — illegal at the federal level — to Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic National Committee":

"… erry McAuliffe, federal records show. Of that, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee has received $3.2 million in direct contributions from the Democratic Gove …"

Super PAC forms to elect liberal women governors

By Adam Wollner

Former EMILY's List official starts group to boost liberal, female gubernatorial candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic National Committee":

"… te. And in Virginia, Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe are vying for the state’s top job. In 2014, 36 …"

Controversy ensnaring governor raises new questions about Virginia laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Updated: Transparency laws at issue as governor deals with indictment stemming from gifts scandal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… amily. Three days before the wedding, McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, flew to Florida to promote Star Scientific’s new product at a gathering of scientists an …"

Trump giving advice to Palin? She should consider his track record to past politicians

By Sylvia Hall

Should Palin be getting advice from Trump, whose political contributions went to many scandalous pols

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sarah Palin":

"… ty. …"

Democrats likely to choose Howard Dean as leader

By The Center for Public Integrity

During his run for president in 2003, the former governor from Vermont pioneered Internet fundraising

Excerpts from this story referencing "primary":

"… ith the priorities of an online activist site,, whose "Internet primary" Dean won handily. A pair of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Wes Boyd and Jo …"

"… s most memorable political stunt was hyping an Internet poll as an "online primary." The organization's anti-war, anti-Bush message was tailor made for Dean, …"

"… perhaps it is not surprising that when the results of the " PAC primary" were announced, Dean was the runaway winner, with 44 percent. Dennis …"

"… ast in the digital poll were more than the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary combined. Some of Dean's opponents complained that dispatched o …"

The Republican convention: The party begins in New York City, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2004 — President Bush will accept his party's nomination in New York City at the Republican National Convention, an e

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… n to its televisions after the convention has concluded.Officials from the Republican Party, the host committee and the New York City mayor’s office refused to fiel …"

"… tel staff parties ($2.4 million).Hospitality lounges for media, diplomats, Republican Party officials ($1 million).Welcoming and information booths ($250,000).Special …"

It's their party: DNC demands boost cost of convention, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2004 — On the way to running up an estimated $95 million tab for its 2004 presidential nominating convention in Boston,

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican National Convention":

"… surrounding a national convention. The Center will give an overview of the Republican National Convention in August.A summary of the findings:What Democrats want: Democratic Party …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Code":

"… ctions. These committees, known as 527 organizations after the part of the Internal Revenue Code that defines their tax status, can claim tax-exempt status as political co …"

Trading in favors

By Alex Knott and Aubrey Bruggeman

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2003 — Legislative favors, increased access to federal lawmakers and instructions on how to use loopholes to evade feder

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… at reducing special interest financing in federal elections, was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2002. Prior to its passage, contributions …"

"… 100,000 to join the club.As we briefly discussed, there is an issue before Congress of significant importance to our company and industry—repeal of the Publ …"

"… contributions in ways that could violate federal laws.One letter from then-Congressman Wayne Allard, R- Colo., now a U.S. Senator, tells a contributor how to …"

"… le the correspondence appears to be generated from stationery belonging to Congressman Allard, the letter says that it was “Paid for by the Colorado Republi …"

White House overnight guests listed

By The Center for Public Integrity

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2000 — A list released by the White House shows that 404 guests stayed overnight at the White House and Camp David

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… Dorie McAuliffeDorothy McAuliffeJack McAuliffeMary McAuliffeSally McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeEllen McPeakeKevin O’KeefeDarin OppermanGrant OppermanHaley OppermanVance …"

Who bankrolls Bush and his Democratic rivals?

By The Center for Public Integrity

A look at the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… 00,000 to Bush over the course of his political career, according to a new Center for Public Integrity book, The Buying of the President 2004 (HarperCollins).In 2003, …"

"… Challengers—and What They Expect in Return by Charles Lewis and the Center for Public Integrity is the only book to offer investigative profiles of all the major party ca …"

"… r career patrons.A team of 53 researchers, writers and editors at the Center for Public Integrity gathered and analyzed tens of thousands of pages of government data obtain …"

"… offers an in-depth look at the first years of the Bush administration.The Center for Public Integrity will continue to update its information on the candidates and their career …"

Army general had business deal with Clinton-Gore money man

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 27, 2000 — Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy, the first female three-star general in the history of the U.S. Army and the a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Defense":

"… f a commercial entity while still on active duty raises ethical questions. Department of Defense Joint Ethics Advisory 5500.7-R does allow active officers to hold private …"